Lord of the Rings...
1. Ash nazg durbatulūk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulūk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul. Huh?
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the Darkness bind them -- i.e. the inscription on the One Ring. From the full poem:
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
2. Gandalf the Grey also had a ring. What was the name of his ring? (Honor
due for the names of all the Elven ring bearers.) Who forged the elven rings?
... and other Books
4. This quote was in the initial manuscript at the start of the book.
"The noble soul has reverence for itself" - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil.
The epigraph was removed from the final published book, but re-introduced into
a later edition 25 years after the book was first published. Which cult
phenomenon are we talking about?
5. Complete this quote from Dostoevsky : "All Russian writers are descended from ..."
6. Authoress Amandine Lucile Aurore, née Dupin, later Baroness Dudevant. Lover of Chopin, de Musset, Sandeau, Merimee -- who demanded for women the freedom in living that was a matter of course to the men of her day. "My profession is to be free."
George Sand (1804-76.)
Bonus: Elvira (more sinned-against than sinning) was the wife of this subject of Moliere, Mozart, Byron and Shaw.
"This thing can be done."
7. This all-time great bowler commented to his team mates during the 10-minute break between the 3rd and 4th innings, "This thing can be done."
And it was done. The rest is history. The great bowler himself, in fact, got
it done. Identify the bowler and the Test. If you know one, you'll probably know
8. Who is the only Nobel Laureate to date to have played 1st class cricket?
9. Nicknames. Identify the following cricketers: The Governor General B. The Little Dog C. The Wanderer D. Whispering Death E. White Lightning
A. Charlie Macartney (due to his playing style of grace and authority)
Bonus: How did S.Venkatraghavan first come to know that he had been replaced as Indian captain by Sunil Gavaskar after the tour of England in 1979?
From the newspaper, you guess? No, the pilot made the announcement on the public address system on the plane bringing the team back home.
10. FDR called it the "Sacred Cow", Truman called it "Independence", Eisenhower called it "The Columbine", what did JFK call it?
Air Force One. Presidential Aircraft Douglas VC-54C "Sacred Cow"; Douglas VC-118 "Independence"; Lockheed VC-121E "Columbine III"; Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000 "Air Force One".
11. The pilgrims came to the New World aboard the Mayflower. What was the name of the Mayflower's less seaworthy sister ship?
12. What was the ball of thread that Theseus used when he entered the
Minotaurs' cave called?
13. What statement -- a famous quote in itself -- caused the classic response "Thought you would have. Would you like some tea?"
Edmund Hillary: "We knocked the bastard off" after he returned to the base camp.
14. Who did Jim Corbett describe as "a large-hearted gentleman with boundless courage" ?
15. This famous John Donne quote gave rise to a Hemingway title:
No man is an island, entire of itself;
For whom the bell tolls;
Bonus: "From Here to Eternity", the smoldering novel by James Jones about the lives of American military men (and their women) stationed in peacetime Hawaii just before Pearl Harbor in late 1941, also picks it's name from the lines of a poem, this time by Kipling. What lines?
Gentlemen rankers out on a spree,
16. What's common to: Lesotho, Swaziland, Morocco (apart from being situated
on the African continent)?
Bonus: What is in common among the communities: Chechen, Ingush, Bantu?
The names of these communities are actually their word for 'people'.
17. The name of this country literally means 'two seas', referring to the
natural springs of fresh water rising from beneath the salt seas off its coasts.
18. This Arabic word, for 'Red or Crimson Castle' describes palaces and courtyards surrounded by red brick walls built by the Moors.
19. This ancient Greek colony in Asia Minor was reputed for speaking an especially mangled dialect of Greek. The Athenians, noted purists and orators all,
lost no opportunity to sneer at the colonists as rustic boors. This colony has given birth to an
English word meaning "grossly incorrect grammatical usage, a mistake in the idiom of a language, any type of error including
improper use of words or a deviation from logic". What is this word?
20. This word comes from the Greek word for a "slice" or "a piece cut off". It originally referred to a book which formed part of a larger work. It is now humorously used to refer to any thick, heavy book.
21. This Latin word meaning "a set of ten" came from the ancient Roman practice of buying hides and skin from barbarian tribes in lots of ten. Naturally, a lot of bargaining took place, and this Latin word became English (or rather American) slang for "to bargain".
23. The actor Charles Macklin retired from the London stage in 1753 and
opened a joint in Covent Garden that he called The British Inquisition.
Every evening at seven o'clock this featured a lecture by Macklin followed by a
debate. These became popular for a while; so much so that a playwright and
fellow actor named Samuel Foote was provoked to attend. Among his many
accomplishments, Foote was a master mimic, was aided by a devilishly sharp wit,
and he seems to have barracked Macklin without mercy. Macklin was unwise enough
to claim as part of a lecture on memory that his own was so highly trained he
could remember any text he had read just once. Foote composed, on the spot, a
bit of nonsense as a challenge that has since become famous:
24. A service called the Introit sung on the first sunday after Easter begins thus -- "In the same way as new born babes ....". The first two words of the original Latin version of this service (meaning "In the manner of" or "Similar to") are the name of a famous literary character. Who?
25. The phrase " Often a bridesmaid, but never a bride" originated in 1925 in an advertisement.
What was the product ?